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CPBigwood has taken on a new graduate surveyor in the commercial agency department.

Leah Cave attended the University of the West of England at Bristol – also acting as a lettings negotiator at a student letting company in the city.

Most recently she has been a property litigation assistant in the litigation department at law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

At CPBigwood she will be assisting the commercial agency department with letting, sales and acquisition of retail, office and industrial units throughout the West Midlands.

And she will be enrolling on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ Assessment of Professional Competence course which should eventually see her become a fully qualified chartered surveyor.

She said: “This is a great opportunity for me and I am thrilled to be joining such a substantial, wide-ranging and well-respected firm as CPBigwood.”

Ian Tudor, commercial agency and auctions partner, said: “The business is expanding fast and we are always on the look-out for talented young people. I am sure Leah will prove a significant asset to the firm.”

A keen sportswoman, she skis, plays netball and enjoys taking part in charity running events.

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Three property executives at CPBigwood have received the official seal of approval from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

James Carver, Joe Jobson and Rob Watts have passed the RICS’ Assessment of Professional Competence and are now Charted Surveyors with immediate effect.

Ian McPhillips, valuation and professional services partner, praised their efforts.

He said: “All three are graduate surveyors and have worked very hard over the past two years or so to achieve this qualification.

“I congratulate them and wish them every success for their future careers.”

Mr Carver is based in CPBigwood’s Stratford-upon-Avon office where he works in the commercial agency and valuations department.

Mr Jobson is in the residential service charge operation undertaking the day to day running and management of properties for clients covering the South East and Birmingham.

Mr Watts is part of the commercial agency department dealing with commercial lettings, sales and auctions.

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Brett Williams has been named as new managing partner of growing national property consultancy CPBigwood.

He takes over from Nigel Curry who has seen the firm through a number of recent mergers and acquisitions.

The merger of Curry & Partners with Bigwood in 2011 created CPBigwood and the firm has since grown in size and location with the addition of a number of businesses and the opening of a London office.

Lloyd Property Management in Leicestershire was acquired in 2012 to provide an East Midlands base and last year CPBigwood acquired DMA Chartered Surveyors in Hampshire to provide a base for expansion in the south of England.

The London office led by partner Bill Drake-Lee, former Leicester Tigers player, also opened in 2012.

In 2013, CPBigwood acquired the established management practice of DMA Chartered Surveyors in Southampton.

CPBigwood senior partner Rory Daly said: “This is a natural progression for the firm as Brett was always intended as Nigel’s successor long term and we are very grateful for the work that Nigel has put in to bed down a merger of two very busy companies and oversee the merger of both staff and systems as we have expanded in the East Midlands, the south and London.

“We will continue to seek the right acquisition & merger opportunities, either if they are of sufficient size or close to one of our existing offices.”

Brett Williams also paid tribute to the work of his predecessor.

“Nigel has worked really hard and hands over the managing partner role with CPBigwood in great shape and I wish to thank him formally for this.

“I have worked with Nigel for over ten years and increasingly closely over the last few years. We will continue to invest in staff development and technology to meet with our aim to surpass clients’ service expectations.”

Mr Williams, a chartered surveyor and past chairman of ARMA, the Association of Residential Managing Agents, also sits on the RICS residential management committee.

He will remain head of CPBigwood’s biggest department, leading the residential service charge team which manages 25,000 apartments nationwide from five offices and has a forward order book of 4,500 units in confirmed instructions with a similar number of quotes and tenders submitted.

He added: “It is gratifying to know that my partners have confidence in me for this very important role.

Nigel Curry said: “The business has had incredible success over the past few years and I feel the timing is now right for Brett to take the managing partner role and be at the forefront of managing the growth of the business with Rory Daly as senior partner. I will remain actively involved in working with Rory and Brett in what are very exciting times for CPBigwood.”

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One of Stratford-upon-Avon’s most prominent sites is now the new home of a fast-expanding property development company.

The Rosconn Group has acquired the corner complex on one of Stratford’s busiest junctions, 42 Greenhill Street and 1 Grove Road, which was being marketed by agents CPBigwood.

Totalling 2,085 sq ft, it was once the headquarters of printing business Stratford Repro.

Managing director Daniel O’Donnell said Rosconn Group and its various companies were likely to create circa ten jobs locally as a result of the move.

“Rosconn Group is now occupying part of the premises and will sub let the ground floor commercial space, I found Graham Carter and his team at CPBigwood to be highly professional and a pleasure to deal with,” he said.

CPBigwood partner Graham Carter said: “It is a prime spot and we were very pleased to agree the sale to Rosconn Group.”

The building, partly three-storey and partly two-storey, dates from the late Victorian era with more modern additions.

The Rosconn Group, which has moved from premises at Union House, 7-9 Union Street, Stratford, specialises in residential developments, land promotion and master planning.

Schemes currently under construction include sites in Wylde Green, Wellesbourne and Claverdon.

Master planning of many other sites is currently underway and can be viewed on the Strategic Section of the website.

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Ryan Woodcock has joined property agents CPBigwood as technical coordinator.

A law graduate of the University of Aberystwyth, he was formerly a store supervisor for a leading outdoor clothes brand.

The work involved management of the unit and its employees, while also driving sales to improve the business.

He said: “I am very pleased to get this opportunity to develop my career in such a forward-thinking company.”

Mr Woodcock will be working within the Residential Service Charge department.

Technical manager Louise Fassnidge said: “Ryan is enthusiastic, hard-working and keen to progress. I am sure he will prove an asset to the business.”

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Corals is to open a new branch in Yardley in a deal put together by property agents CPBigwood.

Following lengthy negotiations, the bookmaker has taken a ten year lease on 148 & 150 Church Road.

The property was recently refurbished to a high standard – local occupiers include Greggs, Wetherspoons, Iceland and charity Acorn Children’s Hospice.

Rob Watts, part of CPBigwood’s commercial agency team, said: “It is in a prominent position and should suit Corals well.

“It lies within a busy parade of shops, in close proximity to the Swan Island, and nearby the Tesco Superstore there. It is promising that national operators such as Corals are seeking quality High Street premises such as this.”

As well as a strong footfall, the area also enjoys good transport links, being just off the A45 Coventry Road.

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Stuart Styles has joined the Birmingham office of CPBigwood as a property manager.

He has worked in the sector for a number of years having had a keen interest in the property industry from a young age.

Mr Styles achieved a BSc (Hons) Property Management Investment degree at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

He was a property manager in tenanted properties before relocating and working in residential service charge management for five years gaining considerable experience in the complexities of managing a variety of different developments across the Midlands.

He is an Associate of the Institute of Residential Property Management.

Mr Styles said: “As soon as I was aware of a position available at CPBigwood I naturally wanted to become part of a recognised, well respected and growing company thereby allowing me to continue and further progress in my career in the most effective way possible.”

Andrew Winstanley, associate partner – property management, said: “Stuart is an experienced operator and we are very pleased to have him on board.

“I am confident he will prove a significant asset for the business.”

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A new mini-market is coming to Solihull following a deal put together by property agents CPBigwood.

Hobs Moat Market will comprise a small market with various individual traders.

It follows the letting of a double fronted retail unit at 51-53 Hobs Moat Road, totalling 1,623 sq ft.

Steve Bott, a surveyor with CPBigwood’s commercial agency team, said: “It is in a prominent location helped by free service road parking.

“There are some big operators around the site such as Tesco, Dominos and Solihull Ice Rink which attract footfall.

“It is an ideal opportunity for entrepreneurial individuals.”

Hobs Moat Road links the A45 Coventry Road with the A41 Warwick Road, both main arterial routes into Birmingham.

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Major property sector figure Brian Bentley has joined CPBigwood as a partner in the commercial management department.

The move further bolsters the expansion of the firm which encompasses residential and commercial property, property management, auctions, surveying and estate agency.

CPBigwood partner Ian McPhillips said: “Brian has 25 years experience in commercial property, both for large corporates and also private practice.

“He has managed large portfolios and acted for big name clients. His list of contacts is second to none.

“We are very pleased to have him on board and I am sure he will prove a significant asset to our commercial management team.”

Mr Bentley was most recently a senior director of BNP Paribas Real Estate.

The work included managing the Sainsbury’s and Royal Mail portfolios and also business development.

Previously he had worked in the corporate sector having been regional property manager for Barclays Bank for a number of years. He was also head of strategic analysis for BDG McColl in London, working extensively with corporate occupiers, and helping to formulate property strategies with clients such as KPMG, BT and media companies J Walter Thompson and Ogilvy & Mather.

CPBigwood have a range of corporate and public sector clients including banks, local authorities, Goodyear Dunlop, BI Group as well as private individuals.

Mr Bentley said: “I have been watching the growth of CPBigwood with great interest.

“It has the right ethos – client service is hugely important, its staff know they are valued and it is a very much a team ethic.

“It is a proper business which really cares about performance, delivery and customer satisfaction. It is a company I admire and, when the opportunity came up, I decided to grab it. I hope I can leverage my connections and experience to the benefit of CPBigwood’s commercial management division.”

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CPBigwood’s new property manager Jenny Cousins is used to responding fast – good news for residents.

Because in her spare time she is a Red Cross volunteer.

Jenny has joined the firm’s London office to work alongside Rupy Jandu, senior property manager for London and the South East.

It is further evidence of how CPBigwood is building its presence in the capital.

Jenny began her career in the property sector in 2009 employed by a contractor working under the then Labour government’s Decent Homes Programme aimed at providing a minimum standard for the public sector, both council housing and housing associations.

After the project ended in 2011 she moved to registered social landlord Network Housing Group in the customer service, service charge and leasehold management departments, specialising in handling Section 106 developments and in the process working closely with a number of managing agents including Mainstay, Trinity Estates and Peverel.

She said: “I am really looking forward to dealing with a busy portfolio in London, with Rupy and I becoming ‘Team Fix-it’ as we solve the capital’s property problems!

“It is going to be very exciting.”

Exciting too is her Red Cross role where she is both an event first aider and emergency response volunteer.

She noted: “This has lead to me nearly bumping into Rita Ora and escorting a screaming woman in labour to A&E at midnight in the back of a police van. We also go out to properties that have been evacuated due to fire or are without power or water, bringing blankets, tea and coffee, baby food and the like.”

Ian Smallman, a CPBigwood partner in the firm’s property management department, said: “Jenny is certainly a bit of an action woman which is good news for our clients.

“We are thrilled she is on board and I think Rupy and her will prove a good team.”